Chicago, August 08, 2017:
SAME CONDITION ( samecondition.com) is a global health initiative with the motto of “Collective Good: Collective Healing”. It is an online social networking for patients. It can be of immense value to people who are suffering from a particular disease and wish to share their disease experiences, treatment options, knowledge and, give support to other people suffering from similar health problems.
Newsgram’s Naina Mishra spoke to Dr. Bharti Raizada, CEO of Same Condition. Raizada is a Chicago-based anesthesiologist and pain physician.
Naina Mishra: What precisely is Same Condition (#SameCondition) all about?
Dr. Bharti Raizada: Same condition is an online sharing platform (healthcare social network) for people who have one or more medical condition. It is to make a network with people who have the similar medical condition(s) and are sharing symptoms and experiences along with their medical data. Our belief is that people suffering from a medical condition know the real challenges and also know what treatment works in their favor, hence by sharing their experiences they can bring a change in others’ lives as well. This will help people to get a better insight and perspective of a medical problem.
NM: What impelled you to start with the social health network?
BR: In the USA, most people have an electronic record of the medical condition(s) enabled through their doctor or hospital. But still, if someone wants to shift to another hospital, it takes times for the data to be transported whereas, in developing World, where the electronic medium of keeping records is not prevalent, it becomes difficult for the patients to maintain a record of their treatments. We thought to build a platform where the patients will always have the access to the medical data irrespective of the place they live in. Also, one can keep a track on their medical history. People over here can discuss side effects of any prescription or knowledge about a medical condition before starting the treatment. Another point behind introducing Same Condition is that there is no central agency which collects data on a large scale, but with this portal, researchers can make use of the globally collected data which may or may not be area specific. Our aim is to build the strongest patient-to-patient network on a global level.
NM: Is the communication At Same Condition supervised by doctors? What if someone falls for a wrong advice?
BR: Same Condition website does not provide any medical advice. If some patients are sharing their experiences, the platform is just limited to that. In no way, can it supplant medical consultation or give an emergency treatment. In our communities, we also share and discuss things, but the communication is verbal. The difference, however, is that here at Same Condition, communication will be in written form so that one can go back for any references.
NM: There are certain problems that people fear talking about. Will there be any measures on protecting the identity of the person at Same Condition?
BR: As per the US standards, our site will also be Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) compliant, which watches on safeguarding the patient’s information. We will do all the efforts to ensure that the patient’s information is not leaked elsewhere. The users can also choose to use a profile name that is not his/her real name.
NM: How far can Same Condition help people overcome their ailments?
BR: Well, first of all, people will get an understanding of their disease. Secondly, they will be able to keep a check on its inception, causes, and stage of the disease. One can make a network with people who have the same or similar condition(s) (or, same disease) and someone will always be there to support you. During the interaction, you will also be able to build the energy to fight against the illness. It will also act as a moral support to those people. The research conducted on the data uploaded on the website will be provided to the patients as well.
NM: What is the timeline for your project?
BR: At this point, the landing page of our website Same Condition has just been launched. The website is being engineered. We hope to roll out an initial version by the festival of lights, i.e., Deepawali this year, which is in October.
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